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2016 Hyundai Equus Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Hyundai Equus was new.


Performance: 7.2

The 2016 Hyundai Equus delivers good power and acceleration, according to test drivers, but they note that German rivals offer better performance. They say the Equus provides a comfort-oriented ride and adequate handling, though some complain that it suffers in less-than-ideal driving conditions because of its rear-wheel drive.

  • "While the 2016 Equus from Hyundai aims high in the areas of luxury and value, its performance aspirations don't quite live up to the standards set by the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 or Mercedes-Benz S-Class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Overall, the Equus drove as it should: smooth, with linear acceleration and a mostly quiet ride for the all of the passengers." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "The overriding feeling of driving the Equus is one of comfortable luxury, with plenty of power on tap from the 429 hp V-8 whenever driving needs get urgent." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)
  • "Equus also offers up a lovely straight-line ride, especially when the three-mode air suspension is set to Normal (Sport and Snow being the other two). Here high-speed stability is first rate, and swales in the asphalt, grooved sections of highway, Michigan-spec potholes and other surface-based annoyances don't really register inside of the cabin." -- Autoblog (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Equus features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that puts out 429 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. According to EPA estimates, the Equus gets 15/23 mpg city/highway, which is not uncommon for a sedan with a V8 engine, although it is well below the class average.

The V8 engine delivers plenty of power for day-to-day driving, and passing on the highway is no problem for the Equus. The transmission shifts smoothly.

  • "While it doesn't benefit from the more powerful, forced-induction setups of other large sedans, the 5.0-liter V8 performs admirably in hustling the Equus along. It never leaves the driver wanting for more, as the Equus overtakes vehicles on the open road with ease." -- Edmunds
  • "With 429 horsepower, the 5.0-liter V8 engine has more than enough gusto to move this big rear-wheel-drive sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Befitting this ultra-premium segment, the 5.0-liter V8 and eight-speed automatic gearbox offered ample power and refinement. We found the gearbox making decisive moves and thought the torque sufficient to motivate the mass at hand." -- Left Lane News (2014)
  • "In terms of the driving experience, the Hyundai's V8 is the star of the show. With the eight-speed transmission on board, power was plentiful and not once did the Equus feel slow. Customers certainly won't be racing, but it's nice to know you have overtaking power at your disposal when needed." -- AutoWeek (2014)

Handling and Braking

While the ride is quiet and supple, the handling is pedestrian and lags behind some class rivals. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the Equus, and the lack of an all-wheel drive option hampers the Equus during inclement weather. Steering feedback is acceptable but lacks precision.

  • On the highway, the 2016 Hyundai Equus drives like a large luxury sedan should. It's exceptionally quiet at speed, and the ride is soft and comfortable. At this price point, there are fewer cars more suitable for taking on an effortless cross-country road trip. However, the Equus' suspension lacks the precision refinement found in some rival sedans. Driving over large bumps can cause the Equus to feel wallowy. Setting the suspension to the Sport mode helps, but then too many sharp impacts from the road can be felt. Around turns, the Equus just feels big and in no particular hurry." -- Edmunds
  • "The 429-horsepower V8 is more than up to the task of moving the Equus, but its rear-drive setup isn't optimal for slick or snow-covered roads. With no all-wheel-drive option, the best one can do is to set the adjustable suspension and steering settings to Snow mode and keep both hands on the wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • An electronically controlled air suspension with adaptive damping provides a cushy ride but not the precise handling dynamics of more expensive rivals." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The steering feels a little disconnected from the car, which seems a tad bit slow to react. More feedback would be welcome to avoid feeling like you're driving through gel." -- AutoWeek (2014)

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